claim: Clean and renewable energy doesn’t support many American jobs.

fact: There are at least a million clean energy jobs in the United States, from hard hats and lab coats to engineers and installers. The sector is a strong and growing contributor to America’s economy.

  1. In the first three months of 2012 alone, there were more than 46,000 new jobs associated with new clean energy projects. (Source: Environmental Entrepreneurs,
  2. The U.S. wind industry employs more than 75,000 people. (Source: American Wind Energy Association,
  3. The U.S. solar industry employs more than 100,000 Americans. (Source: Solar Foundation,
  4. More than 400,000 people work in the U.S. biofuels industry. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association,
  5. There are at least 200,000 people working in the U.S. hydropower industry. (Source: Navigant Consulting,
  6. 25,000 Americans work in the U.S. geothermal energy industry. (Source: TechNewsWorld,
  7. 155,000 Americans were employed by suppliers of clean and efficient vehicle components in 2011. (Source: NRDC/NWF/UAW,
  8. The U.S. biomass industry supports more than 15,000 jobs, with many of those jobs based in rural areas. (Source: Biomass Power Association,
  9. The growing green building sector supports 661,000 jobs – one-third of the U.S. design and construction workforce. (Source: McGraw Hill,
  10. The clean energy sector employs more than 71,000 workers at nearly 5,000 companies across Massachusetts.
  11. 37,400 new clean energy jobs have been announced in the second quarter.
  12. Top 10 clean job states : California, Florida, and New York landed the most energy jobs in the second quarter. Michigan, Colorado, Ohio, New Jersey, Illinois, Nebraska and Mississippi rounded out biggest-gaining states.
  13. 12 wind generation projects are poised to create roughly 2,300 new jobs.

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claim: Clean and renewable energy are just for the “coasts” – not the South or Midwest.

fact: Clean, renewable energy is being produced and is supporting jobs in every region of the country, including many regions not traditionally associated with clean energy.

  1. The 5 states that receive the highest percentage of their electricity from wind power are all in the Midwest: Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Kansas. (Source: AWEA,
  2. A recent study showed that adding more wind to the grid could save Midwestern households between $65 and $200 each year. (Source: Synapse Energy Economics / ACEG,
  3. 3 of the U.S.’s 5 most productive wind farms are in Texas. (Source: AWEA,
  4. American bio-fuel production saved the Midwest $1.69 per gallon of gasoline in 2012. (Source: The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development,
  5. Arizona is second in the U.S. in terms of solar electric capacity. Nevada and Colorado are fourth and fifth, respectively. (Source: Solar Energy Industry Associates,
  6. 16 states get more than 10% of their electricity from renewable resources. (Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration,
  7. The country’s top 10 hydropower producing states include Arizona, Alabama, North Carolina and Tennessee. (Source: National Hydropower Association,
  8. Nearly 1,000 companies in the South and Rustbelt states are part of the U.S. hydropower industry’s supply chain. (Source: National Hydropower Association,

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